The Bear and the Piano

An exclusive animated film of ‘The Bear and the Piano’ by David Litchfield


“One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator.” (Waterstones)

This beautifully-illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure was first brought to the big screen in 2017, in a specially commissioned version by Carrot Productions which captures the essence of the original. With music by Daniel Whibley played live by a professional orchestra, and a narration recorded by superstar Joanna Lumley this entrancing creation looks set to become a family favourite for the next generation.

Speaking about her involvement, Joanna Lumley said:

“In the tradition of Peter and the Wolf and The Snowman, The Bear and the Piano is an enchanting story told with glorious music and is a bewitching treat for all ages. I am 109 and read the tale aloud and felt as though I were seven again. Delicious! “

David Litchfield, the author, is excited, too: “It is great to see my book animated on the big screen, accompanied by such brilliant live music, and of course the unmistakable voice of Joanna Lumley reading along.”

For Daniel Whibley writing the music has been a joy: “My inspiration came from the beautiful illustrations and heartwarming story: from the sounds and remoteness of the huge forest to the energy of the big city, and from the first tentative attempts playing the piano to the international superstar. I have interspersed my own music with a few well known piano pieces that I hope bring the story to life.”

“One of the most distinctive and original picture book debuts.”
The Bookseller

“A story of the joy of music and the importance of friends.”
The Sunday Times

“A heart-warming and beautifully illustrated tale of music, friendship and adventure.”
Huffington Post UK

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